Lifestyle/Leisure

Navarre students headed to International SeaPerch Challenge

Navarre students headed to International SeaPerch Challenge

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station students once again took home the trophy from the 2019 Regional SeaPerch ROV (remotely operated vehicle) Challenge. Team Octobots consists of documenter Ovella Hines (not pictured) and vehicle builders/operators Tiara Winbery and Miguel Homar, pictured here with their ROV. Read the full article in the March 21 issue of Navarre […]

Lifeguards ready for new season

Lifeguards ready for new season

Navarre Beach’s new crop of lifeguards have already been presented with a challenge from their new supervisor: no drownings. Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh threw down the challenge for their first season but promised to support the guards to achieve it. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. […]

‘Pier pellies’ face threats from human interaction

‘Pier pellies’ face threats from human interaction

The brown and white seabirds are a common sight along the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, shuffling along the railing or dive-bombing the water. Pelicans frequent piers along the Gulf Coast because their favorite food, fish, is usually plentiful there, said Caroline Stahala, Audubon Western Florida Panhandle shorebird manager. Read the full article in the March […]

Looking ahead to start of spring turkey hunting season

Looking ahead to start of spring turkey hunting season

Spring turkey hunting season begins in less than two weeks, and this will be the last one in which the shooting hours won’t be extended. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved extended shooting hours on wildlife management areas at its meeting in February. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

Medical devices with paws: Service animals are not pets

Medical devices with paws: Service animals are not pets

At less than a foot tall and weighing just a few pounds, Tosha is among the smallest of the working dogs, but this service animal does a big job for her owner with a disability. Without her bright red vest labeling her a service animal, she might be mistaken for a pet. Read the full […]

Trash Bash finds debris from Hurricane Michael

Trash Bash finds debris from Hurricane Michael

Volunteers of Navarre Beach’s month Trash Bash pulled more than 300 pounds of marine debris from the coastline Feb. 24, but mother nature may be to blame for a big chunk of that junk. Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center volunteer Nicole Stephens organizes Trash Bash. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

A HOPE offers $5 spay/neuter for cats ahead of kitten season

A HOPE offers $5 spay/neuter for cats ahead of kitten season

Kitten season is coming. For animal welfare groups, that fact can seem daunting. As spring arrives, the warmer weather usually marks an uptick in kitten intake lasting into October at shelters throughout the country, including Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Reef becomes staple of ecotourism

Reef becomes staple of ecotourism

Kayak fishing enthusiast Bob Boston remembers landing in Pensacola in 2010 the same day as the BP Oil Spill. He was returning from his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. “I was mad. I said I have to do something, and when I get something on my mind, I’m tenacious,” Boston said. Read the full […]

Blue Spring is a literal hot spot for manatees

Blue Spring is a literal hot spot for manatees

This is the first in a series of articles that will appear occasionally throughout the year on outdoor opportunities worth checking out, both in Florida and, every so often, outside the state. The first centers around my trip to Blue Spring State Park in Orange City. A line of cars forms along a road leading […]

This is not your grandfather’s farm

This is not your grandfather’s farm

While farming is one of the world’s oldest professions, much has changed since the days of mules and horses pulling iron plows through the soil. Local farmers have embraced cutting-edge technology with the goal of increasing their efficiency in planting, tending, and harvesting their crops. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of […]

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Views clash on details of beach path upgrade

Navarre Beach’s multiuse path could be seeing a makeover, but just what that will look like is up for debate before the Tourist Development Council (TDC) this week. County Tourist Development Director Julie White has proposed redoing “islands” along the path that runs parallel to Gulf Boulevard for nearly the entire length of Navarre Beach. […]

Inkie and the twin

Inkie and the twin

Do you remember me telling you about my twin cat? She looks exactly like me. In fact, once someone called Navarre Press to see if I had escaped. Really? Who would want to escape this luxury life I have? But it isn’t me running around outside – it’s my twin. I don’t even think we […]

Workshop highlights how to deal with presence of coyotes

Workshop highlights how to deal with presence of coyotes

Black bears take center stage in terms of grabbing the attention of the community, but coyotes are also a big part of the wildlife scene here in Florida. Elizabeth Heikkinen, an assistant wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discussed coyotes in more detail with the community Thursday afternoon. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Wildlife initiative takes aim at minimizing impact of development in Florida

Wildlife initiative takes aim at minimizing impact of development in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is in a race against time, trying to get ahead of the game in preserving land, wildlife and water for future generations. Initially launched as the Wildlife 2060 Initiative — it’s now been switched to 2070 due to projection changes – a game plan has been laid out to […]

Adoptable pets at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   My name is Scarlet (A103260). I am a spayed brown and white female. The shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 7 months old. I have been at the shelter since Nov. 20, 2018. […]

Pier potty temporary, permanent solution on the way

Pier potty temporary, permanent solution on the way

While not the caliber of facilities initially proposed for pit stops along the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, the Gulf front pier has been outfitted with a temporary Americans with Disabilities Act compliant toilet for guests. Pier management firm Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises head Kenneth Fountain said a permanent solution will be installed. Read the full […]

Lifeguard tryouts push for excellence

Lifeguard tryouts push for excellence

            In roughly nine weeks, a new set of lifeguards will take to the shores of Navarre Beach to protect the ever-growing number of visitors who flock to the Gulf during tourist season. Sunday, people hoping to join this team showed their stuff in a rigorous physical tryout set by […]

Shark fishing more than sport on Navarre Beach

Shark fishing more than sport on Navarre Beach

          While most of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is empty on a chilly winter morning, the octagon at the end holds a row of poles fitted with massive reels. Several fishermen sit waiting for any sign their bait has been taken.               Read the […]

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

The barricade at the entrance to Gulf Islands National Seashore says it all. On a beautiful sun-splashed, 70-degree January afternoon, when visitors would normally be out enjoying all that Gulf Islands National Seashore has to offer, there is silence instead, save for the sound of a bird chirping or the waves washing on shore. Read […]

Legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters

Legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters for recreational fishing. The bill formerly known as the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act–the name has been simplified to the Modern Fish Act– was first introduced in July 2017. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Marine Park improvements on schedule for April completion

Winter beachgoers at Navarre Beach Marine Park may have noticed black silt fencing, work crews and heavy machinery since early November along their coastline. The work underway is part of new visitor amenities coming to the park, coordinated and paid for by roughly $3 million in Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grants through the Florida […]

FWC proposes 2019 recreational red snapper season

FWC proposes 2019 recreational red snapper season

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has proposed a 32-day season that would begin June 11 and end July 12 in federal and state waters. That stretch is eight days longer than what was proposed for 2018, but, if approved, would be eight days shorter than the 40-day season that was ultimately approved for the […]

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings have become more common, and it isn’t just people thinking they are seeing bears visible to the public more than ever before. The odds are as good as they have ever been in the last 100 years. “As both the human and bear populations continue to increase in Florida, there are more opportunities […]

Sutton embraces opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

Sutton embraces opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

Zack Sutton is usually busy with school. That comes with the territory of being in college. But his requirement to hit the books hasn’t stopped him from finding time to enjoy the outdoors. It beats staying inside to watch television. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

FWC: red tide reaches high levels on Navarre Beach

Testing along Navarre Beach last week showed high concentrations of karenia brevis (k. brevis), the organism commonly referred to as red tide, bringing with it concerns for fish kills and respiratory irritation. Elevated levels along the beach have persisted since mid-October. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Bulldog Beach Volleyball held its inaugural tournament Sunday for new volleyball courts built alongside the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. The successful beach volleyball program is an arm of Navarre Beach Sports and Recreation LLC, owned by volleyball professional Judd Smith and Kim Larson. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]